While we’ve had a touch of snow this week, we’ve also had something else that’s pretty great…sunshine and warmer weather! Which is creating a beautiful backdrop for hitting the slopes and trails of Western Montana.

Since winter is here for a few more weeks, we’ve decided to do a roundup of winter activities for your consideration. After all, you’ve got to get it while the getting is good.

1) Mush Those Pups. Dog sledding is a “kick in the pants” way to try a new winter activity and hop on a sled behind a team of well-trained dogs. Dog Sled Adventures near Olney offer great, exhilarating trips. Call them at 406.881.2275.

2) Hit The Slopes! Western Montana has six ski resorts ranging from mom & pop ski hills to a world-class resort. From Lost Trail Powder Mountain near Sula to Turner Mountain near Libby and Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, there is a ski area that wants to spend quality time with you.

Skiing at Snowbowl near Missoula. photo by larry turner

3) Rev Those Snowmobile Engines. Hands down, snowmobiling is one of my favorite winter activities. And our region has fun trails and great guides to take you on a snowmachine excursion. For guided snowmobiling in Seeley Lake, call Rich Ranch at 800.532.4350. Or rent a sled from Seeley Sports Rental, 406.677.3680. And new this year, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling offers guided trip to Desert Mountain. For more information, call 406.387.4203.

Riding the trails & enjoying the sites.

4) Pump Up Your Heart. Strap on those cross-country or skate skis and hit the groomed trails, found all around Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Try the 10km of trails at Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier or 33km of trails at The Izaak Walton Inn in Essex. And if you’re staying in Seeley Lake, take to the 15 miles of trails around Double Arrow Lodge.

Relaxing on the trails near Glacier National Park.

5) Scoop Up A Deal. Check out our vacation deals here.

Happy Winter!


March 11, 2011

Related: Outdoor Fun, Winter Fun


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